Monday Musing

1. Easy High is the single from Swimwear’s 2012 EP and I dig it. It’s electro-pop but it has an eerie 80s cult film slow motion vignette element. This song makes me want to walk slow, close my eyes and try not to run into anything (snagging my sequined blazer on a dresser would be tragic).

2. I forgot how much I love MNDR. Recently I came across a pretty slick remix of FTP’s Pumped Up Kicks by Amanda and Peter and it brought me back to their classic I Go Away – I never get sick of this one. I am posting both below.

Foster The People, Pumped Up Kicks (MNDR 4 Remix)

3. Tennis is my band to watch in 2012. Their sophomore album, Young & Old, shows growth but an appreciation of their freshman Marathon roots. Their single from the album, Origins, is more up tempo than most of Cape Dory, but still  has me floating like a buoy through the crisp waters of the Atlantic.

Tennis Tour Dates through May 2012

04/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
04/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
04/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Caberet
04/28 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
04/30 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
05/01 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
05/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05/03 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
05/05 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
05/08 – Austin, TX @ The Parish

4. I was lucky enough to catch the men of Gardens & Villa (pronounced Via – I royally embarrassed myself here) at the Warby Parker showcase on the first day of SXSW. It might have been the amazing weather or kettle corn I was munching on, but I would rate their show an 8.5/10. I love these guys for their ingenuity, and any band that can flawlessly incorporate Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams into their own track is a winner in my book. Listen to Thorn Castle below.


MNDR….not just a random arrangement of letters.

MNDR is in fact Amanda Warner, a bold, gutsy woman who is responsible for producing tunes, best described as a concoction of one part Blondie,  two parts M.I.A. and  a little sprinkle of Missy Elliot. Straight out of Brooklyn, this beat enthusiast comes up with clever, gutsy and futuristic tracks. You might think you have heard something like this before, but listen closely, Amanda has a knack for crafting, the perfect danceable club-murdering pop while still infusing that erie, off beat, arty bent to all she touches. I am posting two of my favorites from MNDR, each at different ends of the spectrum, and in the future I expect Amanda to fill in this gap, experimenting with beats from every nook and cranny the indie scene has to offer.


MNDR, “I Go Away”

MNDR, “Fade to Black”